Hall of Fame boxing ring announcer Michael Buffer, whose youthful appearance belies the fact that he turned 69 in November, will be profiled on HBO's Real Sports on May 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, along with his brother, Bruce, who has a similar role in the mixed martial arts arena, the network announced on Thursday.
The Buffer Brothers are two of the most recognizable personalities in combat sports. Michael was born to a young couple during World War II and entered foster care in Philadelphia at 11 months old. Never formally adopted, he grew up with the surname Huber, but re-assumed his legal last name, Buffer, when he joined the Army at age 20.
"We're half-brothers. We have the same father," said of Michael Buffer of his brother, Bruce, 56, during an interview with RingTV.com. "This is the third time HBO has done a profile piece on me and this time, they wanted to bring in the fact that my brother has gained quite a bit of success in the UFC as an announcer. It's pretty exciting and a lot of fun."
Part of Michael Buffer’s personal story has involved having overcome throat cancer thanks to an operation that removed a lymph node attached to his tonsils – the source of a cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. Before the operation in March 2008, Buffer was lying on an operating table at the USC Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, planning to write out his will.
HUGO CENTENO-DOMONIQUE DOLTON ON SHOWTIME ON JUNE 6
Middleweight Hugo Centeno Jr. (20-0, 11 KOs) will face Domonique Dolton (14-0, 8 KOs) on June 6 on Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation from the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., the network and Golden Boy Promotions announced on Thursday.
In the co-main event, junior middleweight Eddie Gomez (16-0, 10 KOs) faces Francisco Santana (19-3-1, 9 KOs) and junior featherweight Diego De la Hoya (4-0, 3 KOs) meets an opponent to be determined.
EMMANUEL GONZALEZ-TEVIN FARMER HEADLINES JUNE 5 GOLDEN BOY LIVE! EVENT
A junior lightweight bout between Emmanuel Gonzalez (14-0, 7 KOs) and Tevin Farmer (15-4-1, 3 KOs) will headline a Golden Boy Live! event on June 5 from the House of Blues in Boston on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes, according to a press release.
In other action, lightweight Jamie Kavanagh (16-1-1, 7 KOs) of Dublin, Ireland will face an opponent to be announced and unbeaten heavyweight Alexis Santos (13-0, 11 KOs) will face Daniel Martz (10-1-1, 7 KOs).
An ankle injury has forced Logan McGuinness to withdraw from his featherweight fight against Mike Oliver.
Also, in non-televised bouts, super middleweight Gary O'Sullivan (16-1, 10 KOs) will take on Jose Medina (18-14-1, 7 KOs) and super middleweight Mark Deluca (9-0, 6 KOs) meets Richard Starnino (9-13-2, 2 KOs).
Cruiserweight Chris Traietti (16-3, 12 KOs) faces an opponent to be determined; Pembroke, Mass. cruiserweight Vinnie Carita (8-1-1, 8 KOs) challenges Danny Phippen (21-1, 16 KOs) and welterweight Rashidi Ellis (6-0, 4 KOs) fights Shakha Moore (11-20-3, 2 KOs) of Norwalk, Conn.
The evening will kick-off with a four-round heavyweight fight between Danny Kelly (5-0-1, 4 KOs) and Eric Newell (7-2-2, 5 KOs).
JESUS GUTIERREZ-PABLO BECCERA ON MAY 31 JAVIER FORTUNA-JUAN ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ CARD
Las Vegas-based lightweight Jesus Gutierrez (11-0, 3 KOs) will return on May 31 opposite Mexico's Pablo Beccera (7-4, 6 KOs) on the undercard at the Tropicana Pavilion at the New Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas on the undercard of an HBO Latino and HBO2 doubleheader at midnight, ET/PT. The broadcast will feature junior lightweight Javier Fortuna (24-0-1, 18 KOs) against Juan Antonio Rodriguez (26-4, 23 KOs) and a junior featherweight clash between Luis Rosa (16-0, 7 KOs) and Luis Del Valle (18-1, 13 KOs).
The event, entitled "Real Fights," is being promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing in association with Right Hook Promotions.
B.J. FLORES RETURNS WITH FIRST-ROUND KNOCKOUT OF ADAM COLLINS
Cruiserweight B.J. Flores (29-1-1, 19 knockouts) ended a 17-month ring absence with Saturday's first-round knockout of Adam Collins (12-10, 8 KOs) at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles on the undercard of Bermane Stiverne's fourth-round stoppage of Chris Arreola for the WBC's vacant heavyweight belt.
"I have the power, speed and talent and its finally time to put it all together. I have had some business opportunities over the last two years that have kept me away from the ring but now, I have the team in place and boxing has my full attention. I am ready to fulfill my potential. I have the perfect team in place to make sure I get those opportunities in the immediate future," said Flores, 35, who has worked as a ringside commentator on the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series.
"I want to thank my team. The next year is the most important of my boxing career. All I want to do is get right back in the gym and prepare for my next fight. I have never had the luxury since very early in my career of fighting and immediately having another fight scheduled in the upcoming weeks. My new team is taking care of all the outside-the-ring details and that allows me to focus only on training. I have nothing more to say. I will do all my talking in the ring."
Flores has won five straight fights since falling to Danny Green by unanimous decision in November 2010 and was last in action in a second-round stoppage win over David McNemar in October of 2012 before facing Collins.
"B.J. is an explosive fighter and he proved that again on Saturday night. B.J. has shown very good power and speed and people are going to be very surprised when he continues to score KOs as he moves up in opposition," said advisor Luis DeCubas Jr. "With his amateur background and great chin, we feel he matches up with anyone in the division. We have some very big plans for him in the next few months."